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Bucket Errors

TagLast edit: 20 Jan 2021 7:53 UTC by Yoav Ravid

A Bucket Error is when multiple different concepts or variables are incorrectly lumped together in one’s mind as a single concept/​variable, potentially leading to distortions of one’s thinking. Bucket Errors are related to Fallacies of Compression.

The term, Bucket Error, was introduced in “Flinching away from truth” is often about *protecting* the epistemology where an example is given of a child who refuses to believe that they made a spelling mistake. The child is unwilling to believe this fact because they believe having made a spelling mistake is incompatible with becoming a writer which is their dream. “Becoming a writer” and “never making spelling mistakes” are lumped in the same bucket despite in fact being separate variables.

Related Pages: Compartmentalization, Distinctions

Fal­la­cies of Compression

Eliezer Yudkowsky17 Feb 2008 18:51 UTC
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“Flinch­ing away from truth” is of­ten about *pro­tect­ing* the epistemology

AnnaSalamon20 Dec 2016 18:39 UTC
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In defense of com­mon-sense tribalism

toonalfrink2 Nov 2017 8:43 UTC
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Defend­ing points you don’t care about

Hazard19 Jun 2019 20:40 UTC
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Emo­tions are not beliefs

Chris_Leong7 Aug 2019 6:27 UTC
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In­ten­tional Bucket Errors

Scott Garrabrant22 Aug 2019 20:02 UTC
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CFAR Par­ti­ci­pant Hand­book now available to all

Duncan_Sabien3 Jan 2020 15:43 UTC
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Your Pri­ori­ti­za­tion is Underspecified

romeostevensit10 Jul 2020 20:48 UTC
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Fu­sion and Equiv­o­ca­tion in Korzyb­ski’s Gen­eral Semantics

abramdemski21 Dec 2020 5:44 UTC
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